Singapore Airlines has signed a deal with Airbus
the launch customer of a new ultra-long-range variant of the
A350 aircraft, enabling the resumption of non-stop flights
between Singapore and the United States.
The airline operated non-stop flights between Singapore and both Los
Angeles and New York until 2013, when the A340-500s that were used
for the services were retired.
Singapore Airlines has 63
Airbus A350-900s on firm order and the new agreement with Airbus
will see seven of these upgraded to orders for the A350-900ULR,
which will have a range of up to 8,700nm.
The airline also has 20 purchase options, four
of which will be converted into firm A350-900 orders. This will
lift to 67 the total number of A350s on firm order with Airbus,
plus 16 options.
Deliveries of the A350-900ULR aircraft are
scheduled to take place in 2018, enabling the relaunch of the
world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both
Los Angeles and New York.
The aircraft will be fitted with all-new cabin
products which are currently under development.
Non-stop flights between Singapore and
additional points in the US are also under consideration.
“Our customers have been asking us to
re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we are pleased that
Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a
commercially viable manner,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon
Phong. “This is another example of how we strive to meet and
exceed our customers’ expectations by remaining at the
forefront of product and service innovation in our industry. It
will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing the
fastest and most convenient air connectivity between North America
and Southeast Asia.”
Singapore Airlines is preparing to take delivery
of its first A350-900 early in 2016.
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